The Prayer Pilgrimage
While incarcerated, the “Pilgrims” generated a flurry of press coverage and an outpouring of public opinion. The priests received prison-censored letters and telegrams of support as well as condemnation for their actions. Presiding Bishop Arthur Lichtenberger issued a press release that supported the motives of the “Prayer Pilgrim”. Unfortunately, he also distanced the Church from the event by emphasizing that ESCRU was not an official agency of the Episcopal Church.
Upon the release of the final group of priests, another media frenzy occurred as several of the Pilgrims filed suit with the Mississippi government for false arrest. In all, the “Prayer Pilgrimage” was widely successful in bringing attention to the Church and the Civil Rights movement. [Sources]